It's been a big winter for tiny crabs, shrimp and other creatures in the cold green waters of Puget Sound. Below are a few of my fav's of '22 so far. If you're able to look close enough, you can actually spot the pupils of the Blackeyed hermit eyes. Also, if you had to lug around a heavy shell, you'd probably catch a ride on a larger hermit to lighten the load.
The weather during January has allowed for minimal exploration below the surface. But I have been looking at the waters from Skyline Wall in Anacortes to Les Davis in Tacoma. Most of the animals I'm spotting and photographing are small to tiny. My Nauticam SMC is excellent for getting subjects only a millimeter or two in size. Shrimp are not my specialty, so if I've incorrectly named any of them, please feel free to correct me. As Winter turns to Spring in the coming months, Kelp and Eel grass beds will provide for food and shelter for many of the other amazing wildlife in our Puget Sound.
The waters of Puget Sound have been degrading for numerous years beginning decades ago. Population growth has been expanding at an ever increasing rate. Population growth is causing increased traffic, oils and heavy metals leaching into storm drains. Tire reefs and telephone pools have been dumped into the waters. And there are many other issues.
Our organization is working to stop this problem and protect our waters, ecosystems and wildlfe.
January 2022 we have updated and improved with professionals in their respective fields. Sarah Cecil
named Board Chair. She has been a high level professional financial advisor in the Seattle area for many years. Katrina MacIver, MRes. named as Board Vice Chair. Katrina is an internationally educated and trained marine biologist and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our corporation. Gordon Modin named Board Treasurer. He is a highly skilled video professional and will be a great asset moving forward. Finally, Mary Gallagher, MIT Master in Teaching
appointed to Board Secretary. Her skills and training with Seattle Schools will prove to be an highly successful addition.
Drew Collins also named Executive Director of the non-profit.
We are looking forward to an incredibly successful 2022. We were at the cusp of launching some truly amazing and important research projects, before both Covid and our local weather damped many of our activities. Fortunately, the weather will certainly improve, and we are hoping the pandemic will also greatly improve.
If you want to get involved with Made In Puget Sound there are a few ways. First, contribute with a tax deductible contribution. You can purchase copies of our book: Puget Sound Underwater, or our artwork. Go to the Contributions page for more information. Second, you can volunteer to help with our field work. For students this can be exciting experiences.
Thank you for being involved with our vital, cutting-edge environmental conservation work.
Our nonprofit organization has redesigned our website and focus for 2022. Recently we have been conducting more research below the surface of our cold and green Puget Sound waters. We have brought in more specialists, researchers, students and volunteers to help with our new and exciting projects and programs. In the coming months many of the changes will be realized and our research will be released.
If you would like to get involved with our organization, make a contribution, volunteer. Add your voice to our important cause.